If you are newly engaged, congrats! After the question was popped and the ring was on your finger, you probably found your mind swirling with all the things that you need to do to start planning for the big day. While it may be tempting to jump right into the planning process, the one piece of advice we could give to all our clients is to wait. Before you start the serious planning, take a few weeks to enjoy being engaged! After you’ve basked in the excitement of that moment and this new step in your journey together as a couple, we suggest starting with these things:
Spread the news! - Consider if there’s a special group of people you want to tell first. Make those phone calls, tell them in person, or go bigger - you can even throw a surprise engagement party under the guise of a birthday party, super bowl party, or a dinner party! Once your closest friends and family are in the loop, post photos of that incredible moment to share with everyone!
Insure your ring - It’s not super romantic, but it can save you heartache later. Call your homeowner’s insurance or a company that specializes in jewelry insurance for an estimate; the low cost may surprise you!
Think about the time of year - Before you plan anything else, you are going to want to develop a general idea of when you would like your big day to take place. Keep in mind any holidays, family events, etc. that might conflict with your big day and prevent those you love from being able to attend. Other factors that may influence your decision - if you want to get married outdoors, your color scheme, or your favorite season.
Make a guest list - Figure out your guest count before you figure out your venue. You don’t want to fall in love with a venue that won’t work for your 500-person guest list.
Relax! - This is a huge moment for you and your partner - enjoy it! The process of planning a wedding can be stressful, so take this time and go do something that’s just the two of you. Whether it’s a special date night to celebrate or a fun weekend getaway, make sure to savor this time together.
After you have fully enjoyed the first moments of being engaged, then you and your partner can start envisioning your dream wedding!